Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) — With business-aligned Republicans bent on curbing the Tea Party’s influence, leaders of the small- government movement’s two largest groups are taking a more professional approach.

They’ve added a super-political action committee, which can raise unlimited money, to their arsenal. They are targeting races in Republican-leaning states to reduce the odds of Democrats picking off a seat. And they’re vetting candidates more carefully, rather than supporting those who simply claim to be part of the movement.

“We’ve now been through a cycle with wins and a cycle with losses, and you learn from both of those,” said Jenny Beth Martin, the national coordinator, of the Tea Party Patriots, a group based in the Atlanta area. “We can go into 2014 with a foundation of understanding of what we’re up against.”

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